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    12-08-2022, 03:06 PM
    TomF replied to a thread Germany arrests in The Bilge
    We like to forget how much support the Axis powers had just before WW2 within the countries who ended up fighting against them. Choosing to forget...
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    12-08-2022, 02:44 PM
    I understand that, Ted. As you may appreciate, geopolitics considers additional factors. Consider for instance, that in the 90s it seems Bout...
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    12-08-2022, 02:33 PM
    TomF replied to a thread Germany arrests in The Bilge
    The thing about claims of being stabbed in the back somehow, is that they're fairly resistant to facts. The little I've been able to find about...
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    12-08-2022, 02:08 PM
    Vladimir Putin. And he was right.
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    12-08-2022, 02:07 PM
    TomF replied to a thread Ted Cruz's daughter in The Bilge
    There's a limited number of things a parent can do to help make this better, and a much larger range of things to make it worse. I hope Ted and his...
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    12-08-2022, 01:50 PM
    I'm not convinced that Bout is going to be back in the business he left in 2008. Nature, vacuums, etc. Which is not at all to say that I think he...
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    12-08-2022, 01:31 PM
    Putin is in charge of who Putin chooses to release. He'll do what he perceives to advance his objectives. Should Biden refuse to trade to get...
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    12-08-2022, 01:07 PM
    Alan, I'm not talking about teams. I probably agree with you about teams, fwiw, as they'd average out the variation in individual capacity. I'm...
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    12-08-2022, 12:52 PM
    TomF replied to a thread Ted Cruz's daughter in The Bilge
    My heart goes out to her. Mental health issues like that are a lot more commonplace than most people understand, irrespective of people's political...
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    12-08-2022, 12:47 PM
    See my post #53. Yeah, I figure Griner could probably play NBA ball, but not in the role she plays in the WNBA. She likely wouldn't be an...
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    12-08-2022, 12:43 PM
    I know why the WNBA pays players less. And no, I don't think it's merely sexism - it's also that fans pay to see the most drama. Heavyweight...
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    12-08-2022, 12:16 PM
    Cripes. It isn't up to Biden, or frankly any American POTUS or diplomat or etc. who Putin may or may not deign to release from a Russian jail. ...
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    12-08-2022, 09:43 AM
    The swap is lopsided, no doubt. Thing is, Putin is unconstrained by ethics. It's only about leverage. I mean, why was Griner's trial and...
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    12-08-2022, 09:23 AM
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    12-08-2022, 09:22 AM
    Opened this thread in second place.
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    12-08-2022, 09:22 AM
    Britney Griner's on a plane home. While Biden had sought to get Paul Whelan's release in the same deal, Russia apparently wasn't interested in...
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    12-07-2022, 03:48 PM
    TomF replied to a thread Herschel in The Bilge
    Found the quote!
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    12-07-2022, 03:20 PM
    TomF replied to a thread what about naps in The Bilge
    Naps are the bomb.
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    12-07-2022, 03:08 PM
    TomF replied to a thread Iran crisis in The Bilge
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    12-07-2022, 02:55 PM
    TomF replied to a thread A French Village in The Bilge
    Herself and I have just finished the 4-part series on Netflix "Inside Man." Wonderful performances by Stanley Tucci and David Tennant. Some great...
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    12-07-2022, 02:41 PM
    TomF replied to a thread Germany arrests in The Bilge
    https://www.isdglobal.org/explainers/the-reichsburger-movement-explainer/ The Institute for Strategic Dialogue has written a brief introduction to...
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    12-07-2022, 02:08 PM
    TomF replied to a thread Germany arrests in The Bilge
    Sure. The "weak" monarchical powers of the Westminster Parliamentary version of Constitutional Monarchy date to 1689. Which essentially confirmed...
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    12-07-2022, 01:59 PM
    TomF replied to a thread Paul Top This in The Bilge
    IMO that's fair, Joe. If he's driving, his rules apply. He can bring whatever "tools" he wants in his own vehicle, but if he wants to drive you...
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    12-07-2022, 01:41 PM
    TomF replied to a thread Germany arrests in The Bilge
    Martin's got a few memorable lines in that one - his magnificent order of a latte ... his question to a lover while in bed why her breasts felt so...
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    12-07-2022, 01:35 PM
    TomF replied to a thread Trump is Toast in The Bilge
    In more unsurprising news, there have been more searches looking for documents which NARA believes Trump still possesses. Some have been found, with...
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    12-07-2022, 01:22 PM
    TomF replied to a thread Germany arrests in The Bilge
    I think it was Steve Martin's character in "L.A. Story."
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    12-07-2022, 01:21 PM
    TomF replied to a thread Germany arrests in The Bilge
    They might argue it successfully, but it would be a bit of an indictment of the people having either side of that argument. Do we really need to...
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    12-07-2022, 01:16 PM
    TomF replied to a thread Germany arrests in The Bilge
    If the drop was a bit bigger, you could have lived in (Grand Falls) New Brunswick.
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    12-07-2022, 01:15 PM
    TomF replied to a thread Germany arrests in The Bilge
    Steve Martin was wrong. It's not like they have a different word for everything. (although oddly, they do ;))
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    12-07-2022, 01:11 PM
    I read somewhere the other day that "chat" is a bit of slang that emerged in WW1. It's a corruption of a word (IIRC) that the troops from India used...
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